The details for December 1, 2016 can be viewed here.
The UTC amateur registration database is here.
HERE are a few mode-specific comments addressing where modes are located now and probably where they are best placed in the future
Operator lists detailing stations that are two-way QSO-capable can be viewed here.
North America was relatively quiet in spite of storms off of the Northwest coast, near British Columbia. The situation in Europe is quite similar to the previous session with storms in the Mediterranean into the northern portions of the continent. The same similarities are observed for Oceania where New Zealand and east central Australia continue to experience strong storms. It was very quiet in North Texas at my stations throughout the evening.
Geomagnetic conditions are at elevated-quiet levels. The Bz is neutral this morning and solar wind velocities are averaging near 450 km/s. DST values are trending to negative levels but have generally remained near the center line for much of the session.
Propagation was poor compared to the previous three very good sessions. NO3M noted a hollow character to signals during the evening which improved by morning. Others indicated that the North and South paths were dominant while East and West paths were depressed, which is consistent with my personal observations of the session. One western station reported an eastern and southeastern enhancement during the evening. QSB was present this morning on signals that are normally not subject to fades, however, on short hops.
Tonight is the ARRL 160-meter contest so it may be a “down” weekend on MF and possibly LF.
Reverse beacon network reports for the session follow:
Matt, KA1R, documented a rare occurrence as F5WK called CQ with JT9 around the time of East coast sunset. Both KA1R and NO3M were calling but Michel transitioned back to WSPR before the time that peaks have been occurring recently. Eric noted at 2312z that Michel had “faded now… peaked -26 on both 8-circle and 2xBev array.” At 2322z, he reported that Michel was “…back… approx 15-min QSB, abt double normal domestic cycle. Only strong enough to decode in 2 consecutive cycles…” Eric apparently contacted Michel to make this attempt possible. Hopefully we see continued activity. Matt submitted the following screen capture showing some of the early activity:
The following stations provided reports of their two-way QSO’s as well as any additional activity that might have occurred during this session (this is not necessarily a complete list – only what was reported!):
Neil, W0YSE, reported the following session details and statistics:
“Not much JT9 activity for me last night. I had a Q with Joe, NU6O (S, R) -5, -14. Then a kind of messed up JT9 Q with Toby (-13, -21) because I had switched to WSJTX 1.8 (from 1.7) and the TX freq does not always follow the RX freq. Somehow I was TX and RX on different frequencies and I think I busted a QSO in the process. ( I think I like 1.7’s method better).
Here is some of the morning JT9 activity I found on my screen today:
As for WSPR, Another good night. I was heard by 50 stations, including two from Eden, ZF1EJ (-28, -30). Here are those over 2000 km distant. It is unusual not to see Merv, K9FD in my group of listeners…
(Note: I think my previously reported 1.5w EIRP is actually a bit over 2w EIRP as of a recent check with a different RF ammeter. )
…and I heard these 10 WSPR stations: AE5X, K4SV, K5DNL, K9FD, KA7OEI, KL7L, KR6LA, N6GN, NU6O, W7WKR.”
John, WA3ETD, completed a difficult JT9 QSO with K5DNL where took seven attempts to finally receive his report. John also attempted an FT8 QSO with ZF1EJ but they were unable to complete due to poor propagation.
Dave, AA1A, completed a JT9 QSO with K9SLQ. He also received CW reports from K9KFR at RST 559.
Wayne, K9SLQ, completed JT9 QSO’s with AA1A, ZF1EJ and WB4JWM.
Bob, K9KFR, completed a JT9 QSO with ZF1EJ.
Ken, K5DNL, completed a JT9 QSO with WA3ETD. Overnight using WSPR Ken reported a record 26 stations including VK4YB and he received reports from a record 113 unique stations including four decodes from ZL2AFP. He also received reports from twelve Canadian stations.
Rob, NC0B, completed JT9 QSO’s with VE7CNF, NO3M, K9SLQ, and K2BLA. He completed a morning CW QSO with KB5NJD.
Al, K2BLA, reported that “NC0B answered my JT9 CQ this morning his signal took a 10 dB dive before we finished QSO. WSPR: HB 66 hrd 23 low noise this AM.“
Mike, WA3TTS, reported that he heard “…27 on 630m overnight including (4) K9FD best -27, (1) F5WK -24, (1) NU6O -20, (12) N6GN -19, (4) W0YSE -24, (13) ZF1EJ -18“
Robert, KR7O, reported “Not a lot of activity last night, but signals seemed average or even enhanced to the SE. Copied several periods of K9SLQ on JT9, but not much QSO activity noted. KB5NJD heard on CW.
18 copied on WSPR including K2BLA (-18), AA1A (-26), K9MRI (-16), W4BCX (-26) and W3LPL (-27). Great opening to K4SV (45 spots, -16)
KL7L – 44 spots, -18
K9FD – 78 spots, -2
VK4YB – 24 spots, -18 copied for two hours.
The VK path has been very good the last two days, but no other VK or ZL stations decoded.“
It was a down night at KB5NJD. I started the session on JT9, watching potential drama as NO3M and others called F5WK. I never heard F5WK but that is no surprise. I heard stations like K5DNL, K9SLQ, WB4JWM and ZF1EJ early in the evening using JT9 and a few of these later in the evening but did not call any of them. The band was struggling on East and West paths here which was evidenced sometime later, well after dark, when I received CW reports from KR7O who indicated that I was only RST 419, peaking to RST 519. Reports from Robert in recent sessions have been far more optimistic. I also received an email report from Jim, K4AEK, in Georgia, at 0155z at RST 349. Jim indicates that this was his first time listening to 630 meters and he would be working to get a station on the air. There were no stations QRV on CW when I was QRV that were North or South of me to test whether those paths were any better. Eric, NO3M, reported a hollowness to signals during this session but indicated that my signal experienced this behavior less than others. Reverse beacon reports were non-existent for me during the evening and only peaked close to first light this morning at VE6WZ. NC0B, called me on CW this morning and we chatted for about ten minutes. Rob is normally rock solid but his signal was victim to some QSB. While copy was 100%, I’m not used to hearing fades on his signal like were observed.
Hideo, JH3XCU, submitted the following graph showing DX-> JA WSPR spots per day between October 1 and November 30, 2017:
Trans-Atlantic WSPR summary follows:
DH5RAE -> AA1A
PA0A -> N1BUG, AA1A
PA0A -> AA1A, N1BUG, NO3M, NO3M/3
G8HUH-> AA1A, N1BUG, NO3M, NO3M/3
F5WK -> AA1A, KA1R, KA9CFD, N1BUG, NC3Z, WA3TTS, N2BJW, NO3M, NO3M/3, K9MRI, VE3CIQ, W1TAG, WA3ETD, WA3TTS, SWL/K9, K3SIW/4
AA1A -> DF6MK, DH5RAE, DK6XY, DL/PA0EHG, DL0HT, DL1KAI, DL4RAJ, F1AFJ, F59706, F5WK, G0LUJ, G0LUJ/1, G0VQH, G3WCB, G4ETG, G4ZFQ, G8HUH, LA2XPA, LA3EQ, M0DSZ, M0NKA, ON5TA, ON7ZO, PA0A, PA0EHG, PA0O, PA3ABK/2, PA3EGH, PA7EY, PI4THT
Trans-Pacific WSPR summary follows:
K5DNL -> ZL2AFP
NU6O -> ZL2AFP
N6GN -> ZL2AFP
K9FD -> JA1PKG, JA3TVF, ZL2AFP, ZL4OL
VK4YB -> 7L1RLL4, JA1PKG, JA3TVF, JH1INM, K5DNL, KL7L, KR6LA, KR7O, N6GN, NU6O, TNUKJPM, VA7JX, VE6JY, VE7BDQ, VE7CA, VE7SL, W6SFH, W7WKR, WA6OURKIWI, ZF1EJ
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
Eden, ZF1EJ, completed JT9 QSO’s with K9SLQ and K9KFR. An attempt was made with WB4JWM but a QSO was unable to be completed due to QSB. An attempt with FT8 was also made with WA3ETD but reports indicate that neither station heard the other. Using WSPR overnight, Eden, reported nineteen stations including VK4YB. He received reports from sixty unique stations and he shared two-way reports with K9FD (posted to 80 meters on accident)
Laurence, KL7L, reported six WSPR stations including VK4YB and he received reports from eighteen unique stations. He shared two-way reports with KR6LA, N6GN, NU6O and W0YSE.
Merv, K9FD (/KH6), reported high noise from the surrounding islands as he got a late start on the air. Using WSPR over night, Merv reported eighteen stations including VK4YB and he received reports from 55 unique stations including JA1PKG, JA3TVF, ZL2AFP and ZL4OL. He shared two-way reports with ZF1EJ. Reception reports were posted to 80 meters on accident.
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